If you were anxiously awaiting a movie featuring Kristen Bell and Christina Aguilera fighting it out to see who becomes queen of the neo-burlesque stage (undoubtedly while wearing skimpy outfits), then this is your lucky day. Why? Well, it seems Bell has signed to take a role in Screen Gems upcoming musical drama Burlesque, which features that exact scenario.
Just in case you’ve never hard of this movie or needed a minute because you were picturing Kristen Bell in lingerie, Burlesque tells the story of “an ambitious small-town girl (Aguilera) with a big-town voice who finds love and success in a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club, reminiscent of the nightclub in Bob Fosse’s Cabaret.”
Bell will play Nikki, the “loose-cannon lead dancer and main attraction” at the club who, to say the least, is not so pleased when Aguilera’s character suddenly gets the spotlight. Of course, an intense rivalry is formed which probably can only be resolved with song, dance and hopefully a good cat fight. Cher has already been cast as the nightclub owner in the film along with Stanley Tucci as the guy who helps turn Aguilera from bumpkin to bombshell — much like he did with Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada.
Shooting on Burlesque begins Nov. 9 for a Thanksgiving 2010 release.